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Trump administration to ban TikTok downloads starting Sunday: report

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Trump administration to ban TikTok downloads starting Sunday: report

Image: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images. Article by Noah Manskar and Nicolas Vega.

The clock is ticking on TikTok after the US Commerce Department issued an order that will ban downloads of the wildly popular app starting Sunday, citing national security concerns.

The Friday order will see Apple and Google blocked from offering the Chinese-owned social media platform on their app stores, meaning that TikTok will not be able to add to its 100 million-strong US user base beginning Sept. 20.

TikTok will not be removed from phones that already have the software downloaded, but there will be no way for the app to receive software updates.

The order will also remove another popular Chinese-owned app, WeChat, from the app stores.

But President Trump could rescind the order before then if TikTok parent ByteDance can finalize a deal to make California-based Oracle its technology partner in the US, Reuters reported, citing three unnamed officials. […]

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